Ever wonder what it takes to get into shape like Floyd Mayweather or “Sugar” Shane Mosley? These guys are ripped and trained to the max. Most boxers or fighters are in great shape, but we’re take a little look into what keeps these guys at the top of their game. Try to incorporate some of these techniques into your workout and you could be well on your way to getting into fighting shape.
First off Mayweather starts off every workout he does with about 10 minutes of shadow boxing to get a good warm-up and burn going. Shadow boxing is a great way to get loose and to get your heart rate up. If shadow boxing isn’t your thing try jumping rope for 5 – 10 minutes instead.
Add Intervals to Your Cardio Routine
Doing intervals are a key way to train your body and increase stamina. Intervals are short bursts of running, intertwined with longer runs. Sprint for 30 seconds at a high-intensity pace, then run at a more moderate pace for 2-3 inutes, then perform another 30-second sprint and so on.
Motivation is Key
Find some motivation to go harder and longer at the gym. Whether it be your next opponent or weight that you’re trying to lose, make sure that is in the back of your mind while you’re training. Having motivation keeps you working harder to reach your goals.
Do Other Sports Too
Just because you’re training to become a boxer doesn’t mean that all you need to focus on is boxing. Adding other sports to your repertoire keeps your body to maintain balance and strength. Supplement your workouts with some bowling, pick up games of basketball, and even skiing or snowboarding. It will help you stay in shape all year long. Your regular gym routine will continue to work the same muscles that you’ve always worked, in the exact same way. That’s not a good thing. Your muscles need to be more versatile than that.
Don’t Forget to Take a Break
We know you want to train often and make exercising a lifestyle, but your body has to rest. When you complete a strenuous workout, your muscle fibers need some time to recover. If you’re working out every day, you aren’t giving them that opportunity. Enjoy a break every few days, and more than likely, you’ll feel stronger when you return to the gym.
Use a Friend
When you train by yourself, you may grow sluggish. Even worse, you may stay in your comfort zone—which means your muscle growth will plateau, which nobody wants. A friend ups the stakes and gets you out of routines. Hopefully working out with a friend will have you trying new challenges and working at an unpredictable pace.